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Renewal of The Vampire Diaries for the 2015-2016 season was announced on January 11, 2015, by The CW's President, Mark Pedowitz.

It has been confirmed to be moved to Fridays.[1]

Season Summary

In the wake of Elena Gilbert's goodbye, season seven begins with some characters trying to recover while others falter. As Lily tries to drive a wedge between the Salvatore brothers, we’ll still hold onto hope that Stefan and Caroline’s love story is strong enough to survive. Based on the series of books by L. J. Smith, The Vampire Diaries is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Outerbanks Entertainment, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. The series was developed by Kevin Williamson (The Following, Scream) & Julie Plec (The Originals, Kyle XY, Wasteland), who serve as executive producers along with Leslie Morgenstein (Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars) and Caroline Dries (Melrose Place, Smallville).

Season seven of the The Vampire Diaries found our heroes rebuilding their world without Elena. Confronted by the prospect of a decades-long wait for Elena’s return, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) struggled with his heartbreak and relied on his contentious but profound friendship with Bonnie (Kat Graham). Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Caroline (Candice King) began their much-anticipated relationship, which was complicated by Caroline’s unexpected role as surrogate mother to the infant twins left behind when Alaric (Matt Davis) lost his wife. Meanwhile, Damon pursued a vendetta against his mother Lily (guest star Annie Wersching), who had abandoned her sons to care for a vicious brood of vampire-witches called the Heretics – one of whom, Valerie (Elizabeth Blackmore), had loved Stefan ever since their romantic encounter in a previous century. Lily’s misguided choices ultimately caused her own tragic demise and put Mystic Falls in the sights of a formidable nemesis: Rayna Cruz (guest star Leslie-Anne Huff), a supernatural vampire-hunter. Rayna targeted Stefan, forcing him to go on the run and leaving Caroline to make a new start with Alaric. Determined to defeat Rayna, Damon enlisted the help of the Armory, a shadowy group with family ties to Bonnie’s boyfriend Enzo (Michael Malarkey). But the Armory’s deeper agenda robbed Bonnie of her magic and jeopardized her life. To remedy the crisis, Damon and Enzo had to venture into the Armory’s occult vault, where an evil presence overcame them.[2] The triangle of Stefan, Caroline and Alaric will team up with Bonnie in season eight to search for the two most important men in her life – even though Damon and Enzo may be long past saving.

Based on the series of books by L.J. Smith, The Vampire Diaries is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Outerbanks Entertainment, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. The series was developed by Kevin Williamson (The Following, Scream), Julie Plec (The Originals, Kyle XY, Wasteland), who serve as executive producers along with Leslie Morgenstein (Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars) and Caroline Dries (Melrose Place, Smallville).


Chapters

  • Chapter I: The Heretics Chapter (Ep. 701-705):
    • The Heretic family, living in Mystic Falls, kill a few locals, prompting Stefan and the gang to compel the town people to leave, allowing the Heretics to feed on intruders in the town. Damon and Bonnie decide to fight back and kill one of Lily's Heretics, causing attacks to both the Mystic Falls gang, and the Heretics for control of the town. Alaric, in the meantime, wants to use the mysterious Phoenix Stone to bring his dead fiancée Jo back, but Lily wants the stone herself to bring back her vampire lover Julian.

  • Chapter II: The Julian Chapter (Ep. 706-709):
    • Lily's vampire lover Julian is revived from the Phoenix Stone, and is trying to get back to normal with his Heretic family. Stefan, who wants Julian dead for killing his unborn child with Valerie Tulle, teams up with Damon to kill Julian. Julian links to Lily's life, for protection. Lily teams with her sons and her Heretics, and tries to kill herself to kill Julian while linked; however, Mary Louise unlinked them, so Julian survived while Lily died. Blaming her sons for her death, Julian uses the Phoenix Sword to kill Damon before Stefan is killed by Nora, for revenge, trapping their souls in the Phoenix Stone, constantly reliving their own unique hell.

  • Chapter III: The Rayna Chapter (Ep. 710-716):
    • This chapter deals with the origins and powers of Rayna Cruz, a ruthless vampire huntress spelled by shamans. She was given regeneration after death, stronger each time, and the Phoenix Sword to imprison vampires in their own unique hell. After Stefan kills Julian, Enzo found her for the Armory, but she escaped, killing Beau, then stabbing Stefan, forcing him to run as she could find him anywhere. Caroline gives birth to Alaric's twins and moves with him to Dallas. As Rayna escapes with Matt's help after three years, she tracks down and kills Stefan with her sword, despite Damon being seconds away of having the mark transferred onto himself. A dying Mary Louise, with help from Nora, siphons the Phoenix Sword, destroying it, the stone, and themselves, which releases the imprisoned souls into people's bodies.

  • Chapter IV: The Vault Chapter (Ep.717-722):
    • After the destruction of the Phoenix Sword, all the imprisoned vampires, including Stefan, are sent into random corpses of humans and vampires. After saving Stefan, Bonnie's life is endangered from the pills her boyfriend Enzo gave her to hide her from the Armory, as they needed her to unlock their Vault. Damon makes a deal to kill all the escaped vampires, so Rayna would transfer her last life to Bonnie. After Bonnie becomes the new Huntress, Damon tries to fix her vampire killing urges by venturing into the Armory's Vault to destroy the last Everlasting, freeing her of the urge to kill her friends. Despite his heroics, Damon falls victim to the evil monster in the Vault along with Enzo when he tried to rescue Damon. After months, the gang discovers that Damon and Enzo have escaped the Vault and killed dozens due to the effects the Vault's monster has on them.

Antagonists

Main article: Antagonists in Season 7

Plot

Cast/Characters

Episodes List: 2015-2016

Image Title Writer(s) Director(s) Airdate #
7x01-01 Day One of Twenty-Two Thousand, Give or Take Writer: Caroline Dries Director: Pascal Verschooris October 8, 2015 #7x01
After a twisted plan left the life of his girlfriend Elena linked to that of his best friend Bonnie, Damon is forced to navigate his new reality without the love of his life. A newly empowered Bonnie has decided that she will be Damon’s moral compass and keeps a close eye on him as he, in turn, cautiously keeps tabs on Alaric, following the loss of his fiancée Josette Laughlin. Meanwhile, as he waits for Caroline to sort out her emotions, Stefan takes an active role in protecting the town from Lily and her family of Heretics, who have wasted no time wreaking havoc in Mystic Falls. Elsewhere, Enzo struggles to find his place in Lily’s new life, and is quickly forced to decide where his true loyalties lie. Finally, with the stakes higher than ever, Matt, who has recently completed his deputy training program, teams up with Stefan and Caroline to put a stop to the Heretics, but an unexpected turn of events leaves one of them in a dangerous position.


TVD702 Mary Louise Caroline Never Let Me Go Writer: Brian Young Director: Chris Grismer October 15, 2015 #7x02
When an impulsive decision by Damon threatens to unravel a carefully negotiated deal between Stefan and Lily, he has no choice but to make amends with his mother before things spiral further out of control. However, Lily remains one step ahead and carries out a harsh plan that hits Damon where it hurts most. Elsewhere, after returning to Whitmore College, Alaric turns to Bonnie for help with a mysterious and potentially dangerous artifact he has obtained, while Matt is forced into making a risky life or death decision. Meanwhile, Caroline, who finds herself a pawn in Lily and the heretics' plan for retribution, uncovers a shocking detail about Stefan's past.


TVD703 Damon Bonnie Age of Innocence Writer: Melinda Hsu Taylor & Holly Brix Director: Michael A. Allowitz October 22, 2015 #7x03
In the aftermath of a clever plan orchestrated by Lily, Damon sets off on a road trip with Bonnie and Alaric in search of leverage they can use against his mother. Meanwhile, Caroline, who is being held hostage by the Heretics, learns some shocking information about Valerie’s past, while Stefan learns a few unexpected details about his own past from Lily. Finally, Alaric turns to Bonnie for her help after coming clean about a secret he’s been keeping.


TVD704 Stefan Caroline I Carry Your Heart With Me Writer: Neil Reynolds Director: Jeffrey Hunt October 29, 2015 #7x04
Just as Damon thinks he’s gained the upper hand in his fight against Lily, an unexpected turn of events leaves him scrambling for a plan B. Elsewhere, when the fallout of Damon’s actions gains the unwanted attention of Mary Louise and Nora, Stefan and Caroline are forced to spend the night distracting the girls at Whitmore College’s Heaven & Hell ball. Finally, after suspecting that she’s up to something, Enzo sets off on a mission to find out what Valerie is hiding, while a plan set by Alaric and Bonnie leaves their worlds turned upside down.


TVD - Damon, Valerie, and Stefan Live Through This Writer: Rebecca Sonnenshine Director: Kellie Cyrus November 5, 2015 #7x05
After realizing the downward spiral he was on, Damon decides he’s going to turn over a new leaf and that his actions moving forward will do right by Elena. Lily prepares for the arrival of a special figure from her past, while Enzo stands by not sure what to expect. Elsewhere, at Caroline’s urging, Stefan comes face-to-face with Valerie and learns some upsetting details about her past, while Enzo and Bonnie find themselves at odds when they’re forced to fend off a violent threat. Finally, when Bonnie learns some disturbing information involving the Phoenix stone, she is forced to confront Alaric.


TVD706 Stefan Damon Best Served Cold Writer: Caroline Dries Director: Darren Genet November 12, 2015 #7x06
After being reunited with her former love Julian, Lily hosts a dinner party to introduce him to Damon and Stefan and to declare peace between her family of Heretics and the residents of Mystic Falls. Damon and Stefan find themselves at an impasse when they realize they have differing views on how to handle Julian’s arrival. At the party, Bonnie and Matt uncover a strange mystery involving some unsuspecting residents, while a devastating revelation causes Alaric to reach his breaking point. Caroline and Enzo also appear.


TVD707-1 Damon Stefan Mommie Dearest Writer: James Stoteraux & Chad Fiveash Director: Tony Solomons November 19, 2015 #7x07
In order to get through to Lily about Julian's manipulating ways, Stefan and Damon confront their mother with painful memories from their childhood. However, when Lily reveals a dark secret she’s been harboring for over 160 years, Stefan and Damon are left questioning everything they’ve ever known about their family. Determined to prove himself to Lily, Enzo comes face-to-face with Julian and challenges him to a duel, but an unexpected twist threatens to complicate things. Elsewhere, Matt finds himself in the middle of a deepening mystery involving the residents of Mystic Falls, and Caroline world is turned upside down when Valerie reveals some life-changing news to her.


Tvd-0 Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me Writer: Brett Matthews Director: Leslie Libman December 3, 2015 #7x08
As Julian and Lily throw a party to celebrate Mary Louise and Nora's anniversary, Stefan and Damon set in motion a risky plan to eliminate a new threat posed by Julian. Meanwhile, following a major revelation uncovered by Valerie, Caroline is forced to face her new reality, even as it threatens to destroy her relationship with Stefan. Finally, determined to do what’s best for her family, Lily makes the most difficult decision of her life.


TVD709 Stefan Damon Cold as Ice Writer: Brian Young Director: Geoff Shotz December 10, 2015 #7x09
With the holidays in full swing, a search for Julian leads Damon and Stefan to a small town outside of Mystic Falls. While managing a holiday toy drive at Whitmore College, Bonnie seeks help from Nora and the two strike up an unlikely friendship. Elsewhere, Caroline does her best to navigate her new life as a pregnant vampire, while Alaric grows concerned that the pregnancy is effecting her more than she’s letting on. Finally, after finding himself at odds with Damon, Stefan is forced to take matters into his own hands, setting off a tragic chain of events that leaves their lives changed forever.


CYe5RRWwAA6LJO Hell Is Other People Writer: Holly Brix & Neil Reynolds Director: Deb Chow January 29, 2016 #7x10
After finding himself on the wrong end of Julian's plan to avenge Lily's death, Damon awakens to find himself trapped inside the Phoenix stone, tormented by a traumatic experience from his time in the Civil War and forced to face his darkest demon in order to get out. On the outside, Bonnie is in a race against the clock to get Damon out before the effects of the Phoenix stone take over and leave him changed forever.


7.11 - Things We Lost in the Fire - Promo Photo Things We Lost in the Fire Writer: Melinda Hsu Taylor Director: Paul Wesley February 5, 2016 #7x11
With the traumatic effects of the Phoenix Stone taking a toll on his brother, Stefan attempts to help Damon regain his grip on reality, while secretly struggling with his own experience in the stone. Elsewhere, Matt and Bonnie deal with the fallout after Julian and his men take over Mystic Falls, leading Matt to spiral out of control and into trouble with an officer named Penny. Meanwhile, Tyler returns to town for Alaric's baby shower and Caroline makes an upsetting discovery involving Alaric and his future plan for the babies.


TVD712b 0092b Postcards from the Edge Writer: Rebecca Sonnenshine Director: Pascal Verschooris February 12, 2016 #7x12
When his experience in the Phoenix stone leads him to do the unthinkable, Damon finds himself without a care in the world, spiraling out of control and under the influence of a dangerous and reckless Julian. Refusing to give up on his brother, Stefan attempts to reason with Damon only to uncover the devastating reason for his descent. Elsewhere, Caroline begins having some dangerous side effects as a result of her supernatural pregnancy and is forced to turn to Valerie for help. Meanwhile, Bonnie, Nora and Mary Louise attempt to track down a ruthless vampire hunter named Rayna after they suspect that she has reemerged.


Tvd This Womans work Promotional photos 1 This Woman's Work Writer: Chad Fiveash & James Stoteraux Director: Garreth Stover February 19, 2016 #7x13
When complications from her supernatural pregnancy leave Caroline’s life hanging in the balance, Stefan and Valerie take extreme measures to try and save her and the babies. Meanwhile, after uncovering a dark secret about Damon, Enzo uses the information to force Damon into helping him track down Rayna Cruz, a ruthless vampire hunter who is on the loose. However, when Damon’s actions inadvertently put everyone he loves in Rayna’s path, he is forced to make things right before it’s too late.


TVD714a 0100b Moonlight on the Bayou Writer: Caroline Dries & Brett Matthews Director: Jeffrey Hunt February 26, 2016 #7x14
In order to lure a vengeful vampire hunter named Rayna Cruz away from his friends in Mystic Falls, Stefan heads to New Orleans, where Valerie has learned of a safe house that can protect him. Once there, he comes face to face with Klaus Mikaelson, who soon becomes suspicious of his old friend’s unexpected arrival in his city. Meanwhile, Enzo, who is working on behalf of a mysterious organization called The Armory, approaches Damon and Bonnie with a plan that could protect Stefan from Rayna. Finally, after learning that Alaric has decided to leave for Dallas with the twins immediately, Caroline offers to accompany them on the trip and finds herself contemplating her own future in Mystic Falls.


TVD715 0024b I Would for You Writer: Brian Young Director: Mike Karasick March 4, 2016 #7x15
While Stefan and Valerie search for a magical herb that can keep him hidden from Rayna, Damon comes up with his own plan to take her down for good. However, while at The Armory, Bonnie makes a shocking discovery about Rayna that brings Damon’s plan to a screeching halt. Elsewhere, a conversation with Caroline leaves Stefan questioning their future together, while Matt decides it may be time to truly take a stand against the vampires of Mystic Falls. Finally, as the season’s middle chapter draws to a close, Damon’s desire to take himself out of the game ramps up as he races to complete unfinished business with Stefan and Bonnie.


TVD716-Rayna Days of Future Past Writer: Melinda Hsu Taylor Director: Ian Somerhalder April 1, 2016 #7x16
In an attempt to make things right with his brother, Damon offers to have Stefan’s scar magically transferred to him, only to discover that doing so may come with some unexpected consequences. With time running out and Rayna closing in on Stefan, Valerie desperately attempts to reason with Damon before it’s too late. Elsewhere, after being framed for breaking Rayna out of The Armory, Enzo attempts to clear his name, but not before a violent run-in with Nora forces him to make an upsetting discovery. Matt also appears.


TVD717-Alaric-Valerie I Went to the Woods Writer: Julie Plec & Neil Reynolds (Story) Neil Reynolds (Teleplay) Director: Julie Plec April 8, 2016 #7x17
In the aftermath of his brother's fateful decision, Stefan awakens to find himself thrown into a life or death situation with only his basic instincts to rely on. With time working against him, he sets off on a journey of survival while forced to confront a lifetime of irreversible damage Damon has done to their relationship. Meanwhile, desperate to save his brother, Damon follows an unusual lead he has come across, while Matt sends Valerie to Dallas to enlist Alaric's help in the search for Stefan. Finally, when Rayna discovers the emergence of a new threat, she sets off on her own mission to find Stefan before the others do.


TVD718-Bonnie-Enzo-2 One Way or Another Writer: Penny Cox (Story) Rebecca Sonnenshine (Teleplay) Director: Rashaad Ernesto Green April 15, 2016 #7x18
Determined to capture an escaped vampire named Ambrose, who may be the key to getting Stefan back safely, Damon heads to Memphis with Alaric in tow. However, reluctant to step back into his former vampire hunting ways, Alaric makes his unwillingness to participate clear, while revealing the truth about the past three Damon-less years of his life. Meanwhile, in the psych ward, Bonnie meets a young woman named Virginia, who provides her with some valuable information about why The Armory may be after her. Finally, Enzo takes matters into his own hands when he learns some devastating news from Rayna.


TVD719b 0126 Somebody That I Used to Know Writer: Matthew D'Ambrosio (Story) Holly Brix (Teleplay) Director: Chris Grismer April 22, 2016 #7x19
When Enzo's efforts to protect Bonnie end up putting her life in jeopardy, they learn that Rayna may hold the key to her survival. With time running out and Rayna at the reins, Enzo and Bonnie reluctantly team up with Damon, who is desperate to save Bonnie's life and to repair their broken friendship. Elsewhere, when Stefan travels to Dallas and comes face to face with Alaric, tensions escalate and they are forced to confront the fallout from Stefan's absence in Caroline's life. Finally, Enzo learns The Armory's true motives behind their search for Bonnie.


TVD720-Alaric-Caroline Kill 'Em All Writer: Chad Fiveash & James Stoteraux Director: Kellie Cyrus April 29, 2016 #7x20
With Bonnie's life at stake and an uphill battle ahead of them, Damon and Enzo lead the charge to save Bonnie before her condition worsens. Stefan reluctantly teams up with Matt for the sake of Bonnie and uncovers the truth behind Matt's anger towards him. Elsewhere, determined to help her best friend, Caroline joins Alaric on a mission and quickly realizes how much she's missed her former supernatural lifestyle. Finally, after their plan takes an unexpected turn, Damon makes a fateful decision that will forever change his relationship with Bonnie.


TVD721-Damon-Enzo Requiem for a Dream Writer: Brett Matthews & Neil Reynolds Director: Paul Wesley May 6, 2016 #7x21
When Damon's risky attempt to save Bonnie takes an unexpected turn, the consequences of his actions forces everyone to band together to help her pull through. Meanwhile, when a new threat leaves Caroline's life in jeopardy, Stefan makes a rash decision that ultimately forces them to face the fallout from their relationship. Elsewhere, Enzo tries to hold it together as he painfully watch Bonnie in the fight of her life, while Matt takes matters into his own hands to save one of his closest friends. Alaric also appears.


TVD722b 0114 Gods and Monsters Writer: Brian Young Director: Michael A. Allowitz May 13, 2016 #7x22
Despite their best efforts to help Bonnie through the harrowing predicament she now faces, Damon, Enzo and Caroline realize their options are running out and drastic measures need to be taken. With their only chance of saving their friend lying inside the Armory, Stefan breaks the news to Caroline that they may need help from an unlikely source – her and Alaric's twin daughters. Elsewhere, Enzo keeps Bonnie preoccupied by bringing her back to their cabin but when his plan takes an unexpected turn, it'll be up to Damon to make the ultimate sacrifice to save his closest friends. Matt also appears.


Production News

  • The series was officially renewed on January 11, 2015 along with The Originals, Arrow, Supernatural, Reign, The 100, The Flash, Jane The Virgin.[3] This was the networks earliest and largest renewal to date with renewing 8 whole shows at once early in the new year.
  • The Season 6 finale appears to jump into the future a few months. The show seems to have taken a sci-fi like turn, with a dystopian Mystic Falls.
  • With Glenridge Hall Mansion demolished in April 2015 the Salvatore Boarding House won't appear as a shooting location this season but stock footage of the exterior was used for the first time in Kill'Em All but not in previous episodes this season.
  • Julie Plec on her Twitter page announces on Monday June 8, 2015 the she and the other writers have returned to the writers room for both The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. One month before production begins in July 2015 the start of episodes being written for this season. The first season not to have any scenes written for Elena Gilbert as played by Nina Dobrev, though its possible the character will be mentioned in written episodes during this season.
    • Ian Somerhalder and Annie Wersching on their Instagram accounts announced on Tuesday July 7, 2015 start filming the seventh season.[4][5]
    • Michael Malarkey on his Instagram account announced on Thursday July 9, 2015 start filming the seventh season.[6]
    • Chris Grismer on his Twitter account announced on Friday, July 31, 2015 ending of filming the second episode of the seventh season.[7]
    • Michael A. Allowitz is the director of the third episode of the seventh season.[8]
    • Jeffrey Hunt is the director and Neil Reynolds is the writer of the fourth episode of the seventh season.[9]
    • Ian Somerhalder on his Instagram accounts announced on Wednesday August 5, 2015 start prep for the fourth episode of the seventh season.[10]
    • Neil Reynolds on his Twitter account announced on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 start filming the fourth episode of the seventh season at August 12, 2015.[11]
    • Jeffrey Hunt on his Twitter account announced on Monday, August 24, 2015 end filming the fourth episode of the seventh season.[12]
    • Rebecca Sonnenshine on her Twitter account announced on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 start filming the fifth episode of the seventh season.[13]
    • Kellie Cyrus is the director of the fifth episode of the seventh season.[14]
    • Annie Wersching on her Instagram account announced on Thursday September 3, 2015 filming the sixth episode of the seventh season.[15]
    • Darren Genet is the director of the sixth episode of the seventh season.[16]
    • James Stoteraux is the writer of the seventh episode of the seventh season.[17]
    • Chad Fiveash might be the writer of the seventh episode of the seventh season too since he works with James Stoteraux.
    • Tony Solomons is the director of the seventh episode of the seventh season.[18]
    • Brett Matthews might be the writer of the eighth episode of the seventh season.[19]
    • Annie Wersching on her Instagram account announced on Wednesday October 14, 2015 filming the tenth episode of the seventh season.[20]
    • Deb Chow is the director of the tenth episode of the seventh season.[20]
    • Melinda Hsu Taylor is the writer of the eleventh episode of the seventh season.[21]
    • Paul Wesley is the director of the eleventh episode of the seventh season.[21]
    • Annie Wersching on her Instagram account announced on Thursday October 29, 2015 filming the eleventh episode of the seventh season.[22]
    • Rebecca Sonnenshine is be the writer and on her Twitter account announced on Thursday November 5, 2015 filming the twelfth episode of the seventh season.[23]
    • Ian Somerhalder on his Twitter account announced on Thursday November 19, 2015 filming the thirteenth episode of the seventh season.[24]
    • Chad Fiveash might be the writer of the thirteenth episode of the seventh season.[25]
    • Garreth Stover is the director of the thirteenth episode of the seventh season.[26]
    • Rebecca Sonnenshine might be the writer of the fourteenth episode of the seventh season.[27]
    • Jeffrey Hunt on his Instagram account announced on Wednesday December 2, 2015 start filming the fourteenth episode of the seventh season.[28]
    • Brian Young is the writer of the fifteenth episode of the seventh season.[29]
    • Mike Karasick is the director of the fifteenth episode of the seventh season.[29]
    • Brian Young on his Instagram account announced on Monday December 14, 2015 start filming the fifteenth episode of the seventh season.[30]
    • Rebecca Sonnenshine on her Twitter account announced on Monday January 11, 2016 start working on the second half of the seventh season.[31]
    • Neil Reynolds might be the writer of the sixteenth episode of the seventh season, and on his Twitter account he announced on Tuesday January 19, 2016 start filming the sixteenth episode of the seventh season.[32]
    • Ian Somerhalder is the director of the sixteenth episode of the seventh season.[33]
    • Julie Plec is the director of the seventeenth episode of the seventh season.[34]
    • Julie Plec on her Twitter account announced on Friday January 29, 2016 start filming the seventeenth episode of the seventh season.[35]
    • Rebecca Sonnenshine might be the writer of the eighteenth episode of the seventh season.[36]
    • Michael A. Allowitz might be the director of the eighteenth episode of the seventh season.[37]
    • Chris Grismer might be the director of the eighteenth episode of the seventh season.[38]
    • Rebecca Sonnenshine on her Twitter account announced on Saturday February 6, 2016 start filming the eighteenth episode of the seventh season.[39]
    • Holly Brix might be the writer of the nineteenth episode of the seventh season and on her Twitter account announced on Friday February 19, 2016 filming the nineteenth episode of the seventh season.[40]
    • Chris Grismer is the director of the nineteenth episode of the seventh season.[41]
    • James Stoteraux and Chad Fiveash are the writers of twentieth episode of the seventh season.[42]
    • Kellie Cyrus will be directing the twentieth episode of the seventh season.[43]
    • James Stoteraux on his Twitter account announced on Monday February 29, 2016 start filming the twentieth episode of the seventh season.[44]
    • Paul Wesley is the director for the twenty-first episode of the seventh season, Brett Matthews and Neil Reynolds are the writers.[45]
    • Michael A. Allowitz might direct the twenty-second episode of the seventh season.[46]
    • Brian Young is the writer of the twenty-second episode of the seventh season.[47]
    • Brian Young on his Instagram account announced on Thursday March 17, 2016 start working on the twenty-second episode of the seventh season and his last episode of TVD.[48]
  • Caroline Dries said in a August 13, 2015 interview with TV Guide that Elena will still be apart of the storylines even though Nina Dobrev has left the series saying even though Elena's in the ether. Also that Damon will not be ready for loving anytime soon even though he's back to his old drinking self and how does he honor Elena?
  • Starting January 29, The Salvatore brothers and the First Family of vampires head to Friday nights to kick off the weekend with two hours of high-stakes drama, with THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT) followed by THE ORIGINALS (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).
  • Renewal of The Vampire Diaries for the 2016-2017 season was announced on March 11, 2016, by The CW's President, Mark Pedowitz.

Notes

  • By the end of this season Stefan and Damon will have appeared in the most episodes with a total of 155 all together.
  • The seventeenth episode of this season will be the 150th episode overall.
  • This will be the first season in which the Salvatore Boarding House won't appear as a exterior location, though stock footage might be used, as the real house Glen Ridge Hall Mansion was demolished in April of 2015.
  • Nina Dobrev, Michael Trevino and Steven R. McQueen are not part of this season's main cast.[49]
    • This is the first season to bill Michael Trevino as "Special Guest Starring", rather than "Starring".
  • This is the first season in which Marguerite MacIntyre doesn't appear in any episodes.
  • Nina Dobrev says she's willing to come back for the series finale as Elena Gilbert to conclude her story on a happy note. Though it's possible they could get her to return earlier as Elena for flashbacks or going inside her head but after some time has passed.
  • For the first time in the series history Nina Dobrev was not at San Diego Comic Con for a season of The Vampire Diaries or to sign autographs.
  • This is the sixth season in which Caroline Forbes is a vampire.
  • This is the third season in which Tyler Lockwood is solely a werewolf, but only as a guest character.
  • This is the first season in which Elena Gilbert will not appear as either a human or vampire. Though she will probably be mentioned by other characters during the season.
  • There will be only 2 human characters in the main cast with Matt and Alaric. This is the least amount of humans in the main cast since the series started.
    • The most was in Season One with a total of 6 all together out of the main cast, including Vicki Donovan who died and was replaced by Alaric as main cast character. The humans were Elena, Jeremy, Jenna, Caroline, Matt, Vicki (died in Haunted) and Alaric.
  • Are you plotting for Season 6 to be the final season, or is that not on your radar yet?
No. It’s not on our radar yet. You could ask 10 different people that question and you’d get 10 different answers, in terms of how long the life of the show is. Warner Bros. would say, “17 seasons!” And I think I would say, “Seven!” [Laughs] Presumably we’ll land somewhere closer to my wishes or theirs, depending on the circumstances.
"We're trying to take the show away from the massive genre extravaganza where each season we try to top each other with the bigger, bad, more exciting mythologies and boil it back down to the beginning, which is tension, suspense, romance, psychological horror, simple horror, vampires living in secret, people discovering their secret and coming after them," Plec promises. "Our heroes who have splintered off need to find their way back to each other emotionally and geographically as they fight to restore order to their home so they can actually return and not be scattered for good." [50]
  • TVLINE — Do you have an end in sight?
How much further beyond Season 7 could the show go when you’re dealing with a show like The Vampire Diaries, which kind of gave the network a boost it really needed, and has continued to have such a loyal and passionate fan base, I don’t think we necessarily get to make the decision about when it’s over. The decision will be made by a lot of things: How much story is left to tell? How many actors are left to tell that story? How many shows like The Flash will come along, with great success, so that the network doesn’t necessarily need us in the way they used to? That could take a couple years, or it could go on as long as possible.
  • Starting this season, Lily will serve as the big bad.[51] She will be appearing on a major recurring basis.[52]
  • Caroline will not be part of every episode this season, probably due to Candice King's pregnancy.[53]
  • Wesley and Somerhalder may step behind the camera again. Both Wesley and Somerhalder each directed hours of The CW drama last season (Wesley's second time and Somerhalder's first), and Dries says she'd be open to having them return this season. "We want to keep nurturing them, so if Paul and Ian want to do it again, they did such a good job [last time]," she says
  • Have you begun to plan the end of The Vampire Diaries, or are you hoping there will be a 10th season and an 11th season and so on?
JP: I think that’s a loaded question because there are so many things attached to it. I’ve always said that as long as there are good stories to tell, this is a show that can continue because people love these characters and love the stories and we have a big crew-family that loves their jobs. As long as it feels fresh and not like a burden or a struggle, there’s no reason not to continue. There are certainly many fans who would argue that there are a million reasons not to continue now that Elena’s gone, but that’s their opinion, and mine is different. If people stop watching because they don’t like the show without Elena, or they don’t like it without another character that may leave eventually, then we’ll all reassess, because I also don’t want to go out limping. Everyone is going to have their say about the creative strength of the show moving forward, but as long as we feel like what we’re doing is good and our bosses feel like we’re doing good work and the feedback we get from fans is that we’re doing good work, then there’s no reason to stop doing good work.
  • How are you feeling about the stories you’ve begun to break for next year?
JP: We feel great. We’ve got not just the first half of the season marked out, but we have sort of the big mythology for the full season and a launching point for Season 8. To have that already is really thrilling and it let us go on our very brief vacations with a little bit of clear heads and light hearts. I think that the beauty of this show is you have the Salvatore brothers who are so powerful, you have Caroline Forbes who is an epic character, and Bonnie Bennett, and Alaric Saltzman, and Matt Donovan, and Enzo… He needs a last name, I’m realizing. But there are a lot of stories to tell, a lot of relationship dynamics to play out, and a lot of mystery to build. We’re very excited about the season, and I think the actors specifically are really jazzed that it’s going to be a season based in tension, suspense, some vampire drama, some folklore, some mystery, and not just built around a love triangle. That certainly started to wear out its welcome amongst the actors and the writers. There’s only so much of that you can write before you start to feel like you’re getting a little stale. Given the choice, I’m sure we’d all prefer to have Nina still on the show, but if there is an upside to this situation, it is the freedom to break away from that paradigm and spread our wings a little bit.
  • Question: Any chance we’ll see Elena back on The Vampire Diaries this season? —Ashley
Ausiello: Not if we’re lucky, Ashley. According to executive producer Julie Plec, the hope is still to bring Nina Dobrev’s character back for the end of the series, so “unless something catastrophic happens” (Plec’s words) and this ends up becoming the final season, don’t expect to see Ms. Gilbert in 2016. “I basically committed to Ian [Somerhalder] and Paul [Wesley] that when they’re ready to be done, I’ll be done,” she adds. “They could be ready very soon, or they could really want to stick it out. Right now, that’s up to them. I’m with them as long as I feel like I can keep telling stories for them.” That said, “there is still a chapter of [Elena’s] story left to be told,” so Plec says she’ll “take [Dobrev] for whatever she’s willing to do to tell that story.” [54]


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